SHULLSBURG — The young Platteville girls basketball team improved to 2–1 on the season with a pair of nail-biting non-conference victories last week.
Last Monday, the Hillmen outscored the host Shullsburg Miners 8–5 in overtime to pull out a 58–55 victory. Senior guard Brelynn Updike’s jumper with 1:06 left in the extra session gave Platteville the lead for good and a basket by freshman Sami Martin provided the winning margin.
Friday night Coach Brandon Temperly’s Platteville squad eeked out a one-point 56–55 victory at Benton.
All three Platteville games this season have been decided by four points or less. The Hillmen opened the season with a 64–60 loss at Dubuque Hempstead on Friday, Nov. 18.
“This non-conference schedule will help us leading up to conference play,” said Temperly. “We have been tested by some good teams and have identified things to improve. The fact that we won two of the three speaks to our toughness as a group. We need to continue to get better every day and our toughness will speed that process up.”
In last Tuesday’s win at Shullsburg, Platteville was up 43–35 with 5:01 left in regulation, but the Miners scored seven unanswered points to get back within a point with 4:20 remaining.
Platteville went up 50–48 on a free throw by freshman Sami Martin 48.7 seconds left, but Shullsburg senior Hattie Rennert drove the baseline for a layup with 24 seconds to go to forced overtime tied at 50–50.
Layups by freshman Josie Neis and junior Rachel Bailie put Platteville up 54–50 early in overtime. Two free throws by Brianna Leahy and another layup by Rennert tied the game at 54 with 1:22 to play in OT.
Updike’s jumper made it 56–54 and Martin’s basket with 40 seconds left were the game’s final points.
With time ticking away, Shullsburg’s Nicole Tuetschmann attempted a game-tying 3-pointer from the corner and was fouled on the attempt with four seconds left. She missed all three free throws, but Platteville turned it over on the inbound and Leahy was fouled gathered in the ball with 1.2 left. She also missed her first free and then missed the second on purpose. Becca Hoyer gathered in the rebound for the Hillmen as time expired.
Junior Skye Digman scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Hillmen.
Martin scored all 14 of her points in the second half and overtime. She also had six rebounds. Nies added eight points, seven boards and three assists.
Martin led the way in Friday’s win at Benton with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Digman chipped in 14 points, made 8 of 9 from the free throw line, and grabbed eight boards. Freshman Izzy Carroll added 12 points and four rebounds.
The Hillmen will host Lancaster in a boys–girls doubleheader Friday night. The girls will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ game.
Platteville 58, Shullsburg 55, OT
(from Tuesday, Nov. 22 @ Shullsburg)
Platteville 23 27 8 — 58
Shullsburg 21 29 5 — 55
Platteville (1–1) — Josie Nies 8, Brelynn Updike 5, Rachel Bailie 4, Becca Hoyer 6, Hanna Langmeier 2, Sami Martin 14, Sami Knockel 1, Skye Digman 18. Totals — 24 10-23 58.
Shullsburg (0–1) — Faith Ubersox 2, McKaliah Strang 3, Hattie Rennert 26, Nicole Teutschmann 7, Brianna Leahy 14, Cora Hollans 4 . Totals – 16 18-30 56.
3-point goals — P:0; S: 6 (Rennert 4, Teutschmann 1, Leahy 1) Total fouls — P: 22, S: 18. Fouled out — P: Langmeier, Martin, Digman.
Platteville 56, Benton 55
(from Friday, Nov. 25 @ Benton)
Platteville 33 23 — 56
Benton 27 28 — 55
Platteville (3–1) — Josie Nies 2, Rachel Bailie 2, Sami Brookens 2, Hanna Langmeier 3, Sami Martin 17, Izzy Carroll 23, Skye Digman 14. Totals — 19-57 16-23 56.
Benton (1–1) — Ally Jansen 2, Brianna Mellenberger 1, Emma Lawrence 29, Paige Murphy 4, S. Daougherty 4, Busch 4, M. Dougherty 2, Kayla Dougherty 2, Soppe 11. Totals – 18 16-24 55.
3-point goals — P: 2 (Carroll 2); B: 3 (Lawrence 3). Total fouls — P 21, B 19. Fouled out — none.